I am a parent first and an advocate second. I am NOT a lawyer.
I have been involved in special education issues for many years. I began my journey because I wanted to learn as much as I could about the laws in order to help my own children. Before long, I was getting calls from other local parents who had questions about special education and I was always glad to help them.
Eventually this led to being employed by a non-profit group that helped families. I spent over two and a half years in that capacity and loved every minute of it. One of the best parts was being able to attend Case Conference Committee meetings and mediations. That was my true passion. I also enjoyed providing trainings about special education laws and writing IEPs to other parents and professionals. It was extremely satisfying to see parents become informed, empowered advocates for their children.
In March 2007, I decided that I wanted to focus solely on helping families with special education issues by becoming an independent advocate.
I am available for consultations, IEP reviews, and to attend Case Conference Committee meetings and mediations, both in person or by phone anywhere in the United States. I have attended numerous case conferences, mediation hearings, and have been called as a witness for Due Process proceedings. I have also done consultation work for both families and professionals in CA, IN, IL, MI, MN, MO, NC, and WA. I have spoken at several local support groups on disability issues and love public speaking almost as much as my advocacy work.